After last week's media outcry, Google has apparently pulled the controversial "Is My Son Gay?" app from its Android marketplace. Details follow.
As of Monday the app was no longer available for download on Android.
Christophe de Baran, the openly-gay creator of the app (how's that for mind-boggling?), insists the app was a joke (despite failing to mention this within the app) and doesn't understand why Google yanked it off the market.
In a statement, de Baran writes:
"(The app) does not rely on any scientific element. It relies on the fact that some behaviours, some family and social environments are often met among gay people. No more. No less. To what extent would it be a problem for a mother to know if her son is gay? If the answer is no (problem), then this application should not upset anyone."
Where do even begin with this statement?
As we mentioned last week, the app poses 20 stale stereotypical questions such as "does he read the sport pages" before letting a parent know if it thinks their child should be excited for grandchildren because their son is straight...or to toughen up and accept their son if the app deems him gay.
Unfortunately, the now-unavailable app won't be the last we hear of de Baran's "sense of humor"; he plans to release a book sharing the "Is My Son Gay?" title in the near future. Hopefully he will remember to include a forward this time cluing people in on the joke (which hasn't exactly left people laughing).